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'Care Planning Act' Gets Big Thumbs Up From AAFP

Jun 16, 2015 - The AAFP recently joined nine other organizations in signing on to a letter of support for advance care planning legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill, dubbed the Care Planning Act, would provide for care-coordination services for Medicare beneficiaries experiencing ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150616advancecareltr.html

'Four Pillars' Blueprint Charts Course for Physician Workforce Reform

Jan 22, 2014 - A burgeoning demand for a primary care physician workforce that can meet the needs of the United States has led to much introspection on what can be done to increase the number of primary care physicians in the United States. Meeting that demand will require changes in education, ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140122fourpillars.html

'Physician Compare' Gives Patients Access to Your Quality Data

Jan 22, 2016 - CMS is hosting free webinars to help physicians understand quality reporting and the Physician Compare website.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160122physiciancompare.html

'Red Flag' Document Offers Guidance on Prescribing Controlled Substances

Mar 13, 2015 - The AAFP, along with a coalition of stakeholder organizations, released a consensus document on March 12 that highlights the challenges and red flags associated with prescribing and dispensing controlled substances.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150313redflagdoc.html

'Silent Exodus' From Medicine Threatens Patient Access to Care, Study Says

Oct 16, 2012 - The nation's physicians are disengaging from the practice of medicine by working fewer hours and seeing fewer patients. This silent exodus from the medical profession, driven by changes in the practice environment, has reduced patient access to physician services. That's one of the key ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20121016merrittjobsat.html

1,300 FPs Chosen to Participate in Multipayer Demonstration Project

Aug 22, 2012 - Today, CMS announced the names of 500 primary care practices located in seven regions across the country that have been selected to participate in CMS' Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative. According to CMS, the initiative will include more than 2,000 health care professionals ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120822cpciparticipants.html

2011 AMA House of Delegates Weighs Maintenance of Certification, Licensure Issues

Jun 29, 2011 - Issues involving maintenance of certification, or MOC, maintenance of licensure, or MOL, and osteopathic continuous certification, or OCC, were ardently debated by new-to-practice and established physicians during the 2011 annual meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, June 18-22 in ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110629ama-moc.html

2012 EHR User Satisfaction Survey Provides Feedback From FP Colleagues

Nov 19, 2012 - It's official. Family Practice Management garnered the largest response ever -- 3,088 family physician participants -- for the fifth iteration of its electronic health record (EHR) survey. This year's offering, titled The 2012 EHR User Satisfaction Survey: Responses from 3,088 Family ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20121119ehrsatsurvey.html

2015 Fee Schedule Lacks Payment Code Details, AAFP Tells CMS

Dec 17, 2014 - The AAFP recently sent a letter to CMS urging the agency to publish more detailed payment code information as part of the 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20141217carecodesltr.html

2015 PQRS, QRUR Reports Available; Check for Errors

Oct 5, 2016 - Family physicians have until Nov. 30 to request an informal review if they find errors in 2015 practice reports recently released by CMS.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20161005pqrsqrur.html

2019 Preview Includes Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Jan 2, 2019 - Steven Waldren, M.D., M.S., shares some of the work the AAFP has started to ease physicians' administrative burden through the use of new and emerging technology.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190102waldrenqa.html

5010 Payment Claims Rejected? Clearinghouse Official Reveals Possible Reasons Why

Feb 15, 2012 - On Jan. 16, Sarah Lipscomb, office manager of a solo family medicine practice in Eufaula, Ala., received 54 pages of rejected claims. By mid-February, Lipscomb was looking at $11,000 in outstanding open claims for the practice, which is owned by family physician Rajesh Patel, D.O. It ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120215compliance5010.html

52,000 More Primary Care Physicians Needed by 2025

Nov 14, 2012 - The United States likely will need almost 52,000 additional primary care physicians by 2025 to meet the country's health care utilization needs. That's the conclusion reached by a team of researchers whose work is highlighted in an article titled Projecting U.S. Primary Care Physician ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20121114workforceneeds.html

60-Second Survey Gives Insight Into Unmet Social Needs

Jun 12, 2019 - Researchers found that a brief survey administered to patients helped identify obstacles to maintaining good health.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190612minutesurvey.html

AAFP Addresses RUC Subcommittee Regarding Changes the Academy Seeks

Sep 26, 2011 - AAFP Board Chair Roland Goertz, M.D., M.B.A., of Waco, Texas, hopped a plane to Chicago recently to take the Academy's argument for changes to the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, better known as the RUC, straight to the group's administrative subcommittee.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110926goertztoruc.html

AAFP Adopts Principles for Administrative Simplification

Jan 16, 2018 - The AAFP has released a set of principles dedicated to reducing the administrative burden on family physicians so they can spend more time caring for patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180116simplification.html

AAFP Advocates Team-based Care, Workforce Development at IOM Event

Jun 3, 2015 - AAFP President Robert Wergin, M.D., spoke May 28 before an Institute of Medicine committee charged with evaluating the impact of The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health five years after the report's release. His primary message: Team-based care in the patient-centered ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150603iomnursingevent.html

AAFP Blasts ONC's Final EHR Interoperability Road Map

Oct 12, 2015 - AAFP Board Chair Robert Wergin, M.D., recently told the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology that its final interoperability road map falls short of achieving that critical goal.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20151012oncroadmap.html

AAFP Board Takes Tough Stand on Retail Clinics

Jul 31, 2015 - Armed with a newly minted set of characteristics governing how retail clinics nationwide should approach the provision of health care, the AAFP is set to enter into discussions with any and all such companies about future opportunities to collaborate for the good of patients.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150731retailclinics.html

AAFP Calls for Stronger Primary Care Support in ACO Rules

Apr 5, 2016 - The AAFP told CMS in a recent letter that proposed new rules about accountable care organizations must be designed to support primary care.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160405acoletter.html

AAFP Calls on CMS to Revise Outpatient E/M Codes

Apr 17, 2015 - The AAFP recently signed on to a letter with other physician organizations urging CMS to redefine and revalue outpatient evaluation and management codes.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20150417emcodes.html

AAFP Checklist Can Help Meet CPC Initiative Deadline

Jul 11, 2012 - The July 20 deadline for family physicians' participation in CMS' Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Initiative is fast approaching. The multipayer demonstration project aims to test a blended payment model and offer enhanced payments to primary care physicians who meet project guidelines.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120711cpcichecklist.html

AAFP Chides CMS for Proposed Work RVU Revisions

Aug 10, 2011 - In a recent letter to CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D., the AAFP reproached the agency for revisions to certain work relative value units, or RVUs, it has proposed in its statutorily mandated five-year review of RVUs.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20110810rvurevisions.html

AAFP Coding Flash Cards Update Includes Risk-adjusted Payment

Aug 12, 2016 - AAFP coding flash cards have been updated with new content for 2017 including hierarchical condition category codes; they are available for pre-order at a discount.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160812flashcards.html

AAFP Collaborates With Caravan Health on CPC+ Readiness

Jun 30, 2016 - The AAFP is working with Caravan Health to help family physicians prepare for and succeed in Comprehensive Primary Care Plus.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160630cpcpluscaravan.html

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